I was here all last weekend, and normally I’d have a whole lot of pictures to fill the pages of my paper. Unfortunately, Hurricane Harvey intervened. Not only did several local events get canceled or postponed, but I spent a lot of the weekend watching the news. My daughter, whose Baton Rouge home was devastated by flooding last year, had just moved to Kingwood, and I cringed when I saw footage of flooded streets near her new home. She was in Dallas for the weekend, but I’m afraid she and her husband will have another long ordeal ahead of them. Of course, their predicament is multiplied by hundreds of thousands of times in the southeast Texas area, and many, many people are worse off than they are. That knowledge makes me even more proud of my Highland Lakes neighbors, who have joined with thousands of others from all around Texas and other states to do whatever they can to help those affected by this disaster.
I was particularly interested to hear that my friends from Smoking for Jesus Ministry, who just last Sunday celebrated the 12th anniversary of their “escape” from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in New Orleans, were in the forefront of efforts to help evacuees from Harvey on Monday and Tuesday. They are certainly not alone; I’m sure that I don’t know everything that has been done (or is planned) to help those in need right now, but I do know that a contingent from Texas Baptist Men and another from the Kingsland VFD (plus several local individuals) have been on the “front lines.” Several different local groups are taking up collections to help those caught in Harvey’s destructive path. Everybody I know is helping at least a little by donating what they can, and thousands of prayers are going up at any given time.
I’m told that there are close to 200 evacuees at Inks Lake State Park, and that they need food and a variety of personal items. You can check with the First Baptist Church in Kingsland for details. The Kingsland VFD is collecting supplies and cash to take to Dickinson (one of the hardest-hit towns, but one place where the water has gone down dramatically as of Wednesday), and several Kingsland businesses are serving as collection points. I know that Hurricane Harvey is not “good news” for anyone, but the neighborliness of Texans (and others – I was thrilled to hear that the “Cajun Navy” is in action once again, here in Texas) IS good news.
The new Boys and Girls Club in Kingsland had to take a back seat to Harvey this week, but I was still glad to hear that a fundraiser at Protea Salon & Spa raised more than $400 last Thursday, plus almost 80 books. Protea plans to host a fundraiser for some area non-profit once a month; I’ll try to keep you up to date.
Tom Perry sent in a classified ad, which I didn’t see until after I had finished that page. It says, “Want to Rent – In Kingsland area – Dry barn or storage area, at least 10’ x 30’ for 6 to 10 months, Must be reasonably priced. Email
The Kingsland Library is planning a Patriot Day open house from 11 to 5 on Wednesday, September 11. Everyone in the vicinity of Kingsland is encouraged to visit with the new and returning Kingsland Library staff, share community pride, and enjoy desserts with friends.
My friend, Martell Biddle, who had his Highland Barber Shop in the Highland Lakes Shopping Center in Kingsland for many years before he had to move last year (his old shop has since been torn down, and they’re building a new bank there), tells me that some people don’t know where to find him these days. He placed an ad with me for this month, but I thought I’d give him a little assist; his barber shop is now in the “Satellite Station” building, just off Hwy 1431 on Chamberlain Street. Tell him I said “Hi!”
You’ve probably noticed my series of history stories from Llano in 1917. I had no idea it would take so long to get through that one year, but there are so many interesting items in those old papers that I just don’t want to hurry. One thing I noticed this past week was that Chevrolets were mentioned for the first time (at least the first time I’ve noticed) in June of 1917. Chevy was still a new company, and far behind Ford that year (4th overall, behind Ford, Overland-Willys and Buick), but it caught up and passed Ford in sales just ten years later. Another fascinating feature of 1917 Llano was the difficulty of transportation. Kingsland was often an overnight trip, and when a Llano resident attempted a trip to Garden City (just a three-hour trip these days; I’ve been there on my way to Midland), it took a nerve-racking 14 hours (and then only because the car didn’t break down!)
I was also reminded that Alaska and Hawaii were not yet states in 1917. They were territories of the U.S., and young men there had to sign up for a possible draft, but they would not become states for more than 40 years (both in 1959). Llano (and the whole world) was a lot different just one hundred years ago.